||My words are very easy to know, and very easy to practise; but
there is no one in the world who is able to know and
able to practise
||My words are very easy to understand and very easy to practise, but in the world
no one can understand, no one can practise them.
||My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice, yet
in all the world no one appears to understand them
or to practice them.
There is an originating and all-comprehending (principle) in my words, and an
authoritative law for the things (which I enforce).
is because they do not know these, that men do not know me.
Words have an ancestor; Deeds have a master [viz., Reason]. Since he is not understood,
therefore I am not understood.
Words have an ancestor (a preceding idea), deeds have a master (a preceding purpose),
and just as these are often not understood, so I
am not understood.
||They who know me are few, and I am on that account (the more) to be prized. It
is thus that the sage wears (a poor garb of) hair cloth,
while he carries his (signet of) jade in his bosom.
Those who understand me are few, and thus I am distinguished.
Therefore the holy man wears wool, and hides in his bosom
|They who understand me are very few, and on that account I am worthy of honor.
The wise man wears wool (rather than silk) and keeps
his gems out of sight.